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Editorial: It pays to be a state employee

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Most Oregonians who buy their own health insurance policies may pay significantly higher monthly premiums next year. The highest proposed average increase in premiums is 32 percent and the lowest was just over 14 percent.

Many state employees face a similar problem with increasing costs of health care…

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But Oregon state employees aren’t like us. They won’t be hit with a 14%, or even a 4% premium increase. Because, thanks to their BFFs in the Legislature, their increases are capped at 3.4%. Nice gig, huh?

Were we cynics we’d think maybe their sweet deal is somehow related to the fact that in the 2015-16 election cycle Oregon public employee unions tossed $264,925 into political campaigns. If Oregon follows national averages, 86% of this loot went to Democrats, who control the Legislature.

Here’s the takeaway:

  • Your taxes pay public employees’ salaries
  • Public employers withhold money from these salaries for union dues
  • Unions spend the dues to elect Democrats
  • Democrats then bargain with the same unions over salaries and benefits

And the beat goes on. Who wins? Democrats and public unions. Who loses? Look in the mirror.

Yes, a nice gig indeed.


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